Eastness “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Eastness “Virus”. These Eastness “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

As unpleasant as Adware may be, it is not something that you should be overly worried about. You have probably landed on this article due to the fact that you have the irritating Adware known as Eastness “Virus” on your PC and are trying to get rid of it. We can help you with that, but first you need to acquaint yourself with some important information regarding this particular category of potentially unwanted software. Once we introduce you to the main traits or a typical Adware program, you can go on and use our removal guide so as to uninstall and fully eliminate the unpleasant piece of software.

Aggressive marketing

The main reason why most people consider Adware to be unwanted is obviously the overwhelming amount of intrusive and obstructive ads, banners and box messages that continuously pop up onto the screen each time the user opens their Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge browser. The whole idea behind those ads is to generate money by exploiting the infamous Pay-Per-Click scheme. For any click that the user makes on any of the nagging ads, the developer of the Adware is rewarded with a tiny amount of income. Most Adware programs get installed onto thousands of computers each day, which means that even if the amount of income earned by a single click is negligible, the final profit would be significant to say the least.

Types of Adware

A lot of you might be wondering whether an Adware program such as Eastness “Virus” can actually be useful. The answer usually depends on the specific piece of software that falls under that category. While most Adware applications are pretty much useless for the actual customer, there are some programs of this type that can in fact provide you with some actual functionality or useful function. There are quite a few applications and software tools out there that are legitimately helpful but have an ad-generating element that has been implemented so as to allow the program’s developers to keep their product free for use while still being financially compensated. Nevertheless, the truth is that such programs are more or less an exception and most Adware is created to benefit only its developers without providing the user with anything that would make the irritating program worth keeping.

Potential security risks caused by Adware

If you have Eastness “Virus” on your PC, you might be thinking that you are dealing with some sort of a noxious Ransomware virus or a dangerous Trojan horse. In fact, many people mistakenly believe that Adware programs are some sort of malicious and harmful PC viruses. This is not true. Even though a lot of researches refer to this type of software as malware, there are a lot of important differences between an application such as Eastness “Virus” and a Ransomware virus. Nonetheless, this does not mean that Adware programs are perfectly safe. While it is highly unlikely that Eastness “Virus” would actually attempt to damage anything on your PC, it might still expose your computer system to a variety of security risks. Keep in mind that the adverts that it generates might potentially be disguised redirect links to different websites some of which could be hazardous. Clicking on any of the adverts or banners displayed by the Adware is highly inadvisable if you want to keep your computer safe and secure. Remember – the one and only truly effective way to stop the unpleasant ads is to remove the Adware from your computer.

How you got Eastness “Virus” installed on your computer

If you currently have an Adware program on your PC, there’s a high chance that you don’t actually know how it got there. This is because most methods used for distributing Adware and getting it onto people’s computers are forms of what is known as stealth installation. In fact, some Adware programs do not even need to even require an installation process – a lot of those programs simply need to be downloaded in order to start functioning. Some commonly used techniques for Adware distribution are spam/junk mail letters, shady Skype and Facebook messages, misleading browser banners and pop-ups, unreliable file-sharing sites, etc. A lot of users tend to also fall for a method known as file bundling. This is when the Adware is put inside the installer of another piece of software and gets installed along with that other program. The reason why this method seems to be so effective is because way too few users pay enough attention to the details and options within the setup menu, thus failing to see that there’s actually some other application that’s been added to the main program. Therefore, the next time you’re about to install anything on your PC, take a careful look at the setup menu and if you see that there’s anything shady that has been added as a bundled install, be sure to remove it by unchecking it.

SUMMARY:

Name Eastness
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Obstructive and unpleasant ads that pop-up on all browser tabs regardless of what site you are visiting.
Distribution Method Online spam, shady adverts, untrusted data-sharing sites and program bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Eastness “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Eastness “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Eastness “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Eastness “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!